JULY EVENTS

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA

July is always a time to celebrate, and this year, Montco is celebrating in a big way with the arrival of Cirque du Soleil AMALAUNA, opening July 24 under the Big Top at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. 

We've also got July 4 celebrations, living history events, incredible opportunities for world-class dining, and the best live music and theater in the region. Check out our guide to the biggest events happening this July in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa:

FEATURED EVENTS

Amaluna

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: AMALUNA

Premiers July 24
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks

Cirque Du Soleil is almost ready to bring it's long-running hit show, Amaluna, to Montco starting July 24th! The big top tent will officially be raised this Friday, July 12th. 

See the hit show AMALUNA this summer under the Big Top on the grounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. 

 

Nickelodeon's Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour with Special Guests The Belles

July 27
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Siwa connects with her fans through many channels: via social media she has over 8.1 million subscribers with over 1.7 billion views on YouTube, she has over 7.4 million followers on Instagram, over 389,000 Twitter followers, over 17.1 million followers on TikTok (formerly Musical.ly), and almost 500,000 likes on Facebook; through her SIWANATOR club, which stands against negativity and bullying; through her global reach of consumer products including her signature bows, accessories, apparel, arts and crafts, cosmetics, home goods and party supplies; and with her hugely popular singles, “Boomerang,” which has been viewed almost 608 million times and is certified platinum, “Kid in a Candy Store,” “Hold The Drama,” and “High Top Shoes.”

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4th of July Celebrations

Independence Day Events

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PATRIOTS IN THE PARK

July 4
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Patriots in the Park
Enjoy the 4th of July at Valley Forge!

Celebrate our nation's independence through historical games, demonstrations, storytelling, tours, food and more!  Learn about the birth of the nation and the pivotal role the Valley Forge Encampment played in securing our freedom from Great Britain - all while celebrating the 4th of July in your national park. 

Valley Forge National Historical Park offers trolley tours all month long! For timing and ticket details, call (610) 624-5010. 

Most programs run from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM unless otherwise noted.  Most programs are free.

 

THIRD ANNUAL POTTSTOWN GOFOURTH! FESTIVAL

July 4
Pottstown ​Memorial Park

This year’s festivities will be kicked-off with the singing of the National Anthem by Jo Ann Bathurst at 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by the crowning of the 2019 Royal Court.

This year’s line-up includes Anakai and the Grooveyard; AfroBear presented by Montgomery County Community College; Stephanie Grace, presented by Pottstown Parks & Recreation; Hector Rosado & Orchestra Hache; and Funktion.

The festival is jam-packed with activities geared toward families, including the noon to 5 p.m. return appearance of “Grandpop Bubbles,” a performance artist who creates enormous bubbles to delight young and old alike.  Grandpop Bubbles’ performance and all of the children’s activities for the day are being generously sponsored by ROG Orthodontics. Other attractions will be inflatable rides and attractions, from noon to 8 p.m.; Rainbow the Clown face-painting artists from 1 to 5 p.m.; and a Rain Gutter Regatta presented by Pottstown Cub Scout Packs 249 & 146 from 5 – 7 p.m.

GOFOURTH! TRAIN RIDE

July 4
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

In celebration of our nation's birth, join the Colebrookdale Railroad and the GoFourth! Festival this July 4 in Memorial Park in Pottstown for exciting family activities! In service of this special occasion, short excursions will be offered originating and returning to Pottstown's Memorial Park.

These approximate 40 minute round-trip jaunts are a great way to experience the Colebrookdale Railroad for the first time or again!

General seating in Dining and our Deluxe Coach. Round trips from Pottstown.

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS EXPRESS

July 4
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Avoid the traffic and parking and join us for a special July 4th excursion to experience Pottstown's GoFourth! Fireworks Show in Pottstown's Memorial Park!

Train departs Boyertown at 7 PM. (No meal will be served on this excursion)

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and wear appropriate footwear as passengers will be allowed to disembark from the train to enjoy the show from the park. Boarding for return to Boyertown will begin promptly after the show concludes.

Montco Makers

Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

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BLACK POWDER TAVERN AND YARDS BREWERY PRESENT: BEERS OF THE PRESIDENTS

July 6
Black Powder Tavern

Black Powder Tavern and Yards Brewery are hosting rocking good time in colonial style with “Beers of Presidents,” a special event to celebrate Independence Day (weekend). Tavern staff and patrons will be sporting colonial era attire. Guests are encouraged to be creative in their dress to win a prize (free dinner) for (the) best costume. This event will also feature Yards (name of beers) on tap, a DJ, historical impersonators (Presidents James Madison and George Washington as well as Philly’s own Benjamin Franklin), patriotic cocktails, games, and more.

 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

August 3
Heckler Plains Folklife Society / Lower Salford Historical Society

Held at the Jacob Reiff Farm 6 PM – 8 PM. Join us on the porch of the historic Jacob Reiff Farm for ice cream and friendship.  The house will be open for tours.  The cost is $4.00/person.  Jacob Reiff Farm, 775 Quarry Road, Harleysville, PA.

SUNNYFEST

July 27
SunnyBrook Ballroom

Join us for our Third Annual SunnyFest!

SunnyFest is a family friendly outdoor music festival featuring refreshing brews, delicious SunnyBrook food, local vendors and fun & games the whole family can enjoy!  

TWILIGHT ON THE RIVER

September 11
Bridgeport, Pa

Something for everyone! Make it a family night out! Open-air market in a lovely setting along the Schuylkill River in Bridgeport, PA. Open May through September. Second and Fourth Wednesdays. 4:30-8:00 pm. A mix of local vendors, food, music, and games.

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Energizing Events

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PADDLE PENN'S LANDING

May 3 - September 29
Independence Seaport Museum

Paddle your way around the Penn's Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan, or dragon for the perfect outdoor recreational activity.  Located near Spruce Street Harbor Park and the Hilton Penn's Landing, Paddle Penn's Landing is a unique afternoon adventure with family and friends or a memorable date with your sweetheart on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

EERIE LIMITED - THE MOST HAUNTED MANSION IN BOYERTOWN

August 2
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Our Eerie Limited highlights Boyertown as "one of the most haunted small towns in America." This evening train explores the stories of local hauntings, historic incidents, and amusing and astounding happenings along the Colebrookdale Railroad.

Learn the haunted secrets of The Secret Valley on a very special evening run. Two-hour round trip departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Certain Fridays of each month, June through October, 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust.

CAMPFIRE EXPRESS

July 20
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

 “I’ve been working on the railroad, all the live long day….”  Create new memories with your family as you board Colebrookdale Railroad’s Campfire Express to our site “in the woods.” You’ll ride the train to the campfire site, roast some hot dogs and join in some camp songs.

We supply: Hot dogs & buns, roasting sticks, bug juice (beverage – but no bugs), campfire to roast your dog, song sheets, and song leader.

You supply: The energy and kids to create the experience. This is a camping experience without the sleepover.

We anticpate this experience to be a little over an hour in duration.

This excursion is family oriented with family friendly pricing!

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

July 6
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Australia’s hottest export – Thunder From Down Under – hits the stage showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm that you won’t be able to resist!

This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience. The blokes make their way through the crown and even select a few lucky ladies to join in the fun on stage.

Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with these Aussie hunks. Critics, celebrities and fans from around the world rave that Thunder From Down Under is the best male revenue show on the Strip, DIRECT FROM LAS VEGAS!

SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION

August 21
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust

Board one of our meticulously restored century-old rail cars for a two-hour expedition into one of the most scenic and historic regions in the northeast. Once the province of pioneers and patriots, the Colebrookdale is your ticket to a verdant land lost in time.

Prices may vary when there is a tasting in the parlor car.

DIVAS OF VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT (FEATURING PHILLY DRAG MAFIA)

July 7
Valley Beach Poolside Club

Divas of Valley Forge Casino Resort (featuring Philly Drag Mafia) is bringing the best in celebrity impersonations to the Main Line.

Hosted by Philly’s most famous Queen, Brittany Lynn (Phillydragmafia.com) has over twenty years of drag performance under her belt including casino residencies, stand-up comedy tours, and shows across the country. This is a show that will impress even the fussiest queen in your group!

KALAMAZOO

​July 10 - August 4
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
 

LAST CHANCE: You're never too old to be young at heart. When Peg and Irv try online dating, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. A riotous romantic comedy about life’s second act. Starring Carla Belver (Driving Miss Daisy, The Glass Menagerie).

Patriot Trails

Historic Events

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18TH CENTURY SCIENCE DAY

July 20
Pottsgrove Manor

Science literacy was considered a critical skill for the well-educated 18th century person. Expand your knowledge of colonial science with Benjamin Franklin and take part in some of his famous scientific experiments. Appreciate how math and science shaped everyday colonial life from surveying land, exploring plant life, and shopping for medicine at the apothecary. Additionally, learn about how some scientific conclusions in the 18th century were not correct. See if you are the next great colonial thinker at Pottsgrove Manor.

HEX SIGNS: SACRED & CELESTIAL SYMBOLISM IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH BARN STARS

March 1 - November 3
Bryn Athyn Historic District
 

Explores themes of sacred and celestial imagery in the traditional arts of the Pennsylvania Dutch, with special emphasis on the decorated barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. This exhibition, which features actual examples of barn stars, decorated objects, and related images, is guest curated  by Patrick Donmoyer, director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Donmoyer is the author of Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars (2013). The Heritage Center and Glencairn Museum will collaborate on a full exhibition catalog for the Glencairn exhibition. 

EXTENDED HISTORIC SHIPS HOURS

May 23 - September 8
Independence Seaport Museum

Unable to visit our two National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, during the day?  That's okay!  This summer you can visit both ships with our Extended Summer Hours on Thursdays-Sundays until 7 p.m. (last boarding is 6:15 p.m.).

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Special Events

RADIO 104.5 PRESENTS SAD SUMMER FESTIVAL WITH THE WONDER YEARS, THE MAINE, MAYDAY PARADE, STATE CHAMPS, MOM JEANS, STAND ATLANTIC, & JUST FRIENDS @ SKYLINE STAGE

July 13
Skyline Stage at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Sad Summer Festival lands at the Skyline Stage at the Mann on Saturday, July 13th with Lansdale & Montco's very own The Wonder Years alongside State Champs, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Mom Jeans, Just Friends, and Stand Atlantic.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE™ IN CONCERT WITH THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

July 20
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Mann with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, the fourth film in the Harry Potter series. On July 20, 2019 Justin Freer will conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra performing the magical score live from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen.

In 2016, CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. Since the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone in Concert in June 2016, more than 1.3 million fans have enjoyed this magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which is scheduled to include over 900 performances across more than 48 countries worldwide through 2019.
 

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK™ IN CONCERT WITH THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

July 26
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

The Mann is thrilled to present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back live in concert on July 26th. The Philadelphia Orchestra will play John Williams' iconic musical score live as the film is projected on three giant screens.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. In 2018, the Mann presented Star Wars: A New Hope™, and now, in 2019, fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of the second film in the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

LIVE PERFORMANCES

ARTS MONTCO

ARTS MONTCO

On the Stage

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COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: ELIOT CHANG

July 5
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Eliot Chang has been seen on 2 of his own Comedy Central Half Hour specials, E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” and Showtime. His viral videos have received millions of views at www.YouTube.com/EliotChangOfficial.

MOON PARTY

July 20
Ursinus College

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Join the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art for a special 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing on July 20, 2019. An event beginning at 12 noon with activities for the whole family lasting through to the evening.Come see our newest exhibition on display, Science Fiction, curated by Ginger Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox. 

Other activities include: tours of the museum and outdoor sculpture collection, indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, photobooth with an astronaut, and a movie on the lawn. The day will conclude with a screening of the short film Trip to the Moon, followed by a screening of the film Hugo. Food will be available for purchase in the evening provided by local vendors. Save the date, rain or shine!

 All Berman programs are free and open to the public

T.J. MILLER

July 27
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Valley Forge Casino Resort presents T.J. Miller as he brings his Touring in Perpetuity Tour to King of Prussia for two shows on Saturday, July 27. While performing his absurdist observational standup for over 15 years, Miller has also stared as the voices of your favorite animated characters in films Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon, Hell and Back, and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.

He is first and foremost, and always will be, a comedian and as he says, his standup is “Smooth Like Fire, Hip Like Lincoln.” Don’t miss your chance to see T.J. Miller, one night only, Saturday, July 27.

MONIQUE SARKESSIAN - FEATURED ARTIST

July 4 - July 13
Exhibit B Gallery

Our featured artist for June - July is Monique Sarkessian. See new and recent paintings in oils and encaustics. Opening reception 6/21/19 5-9 with lite refreshments served. Meet the artist and enjoy an awesome show. Monique's paintings are bold, colorful, and expressive; blending unique details with bold abstractions.

Solo show hosted by Exhibit B Gallery in a restored 1901 cigar factory. Shows runs thru 7/13/19. 

SCIENCE FICTION

Exhibition runs July 2 to October 6
Berman Museum of Art

The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College presents Science Fiction from July 2 to October 6. Curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, Science Fiction features the work of 12 international artists who were all born in the 1960s and 1970s, when the line between science and fiction seemed to blur in unprecedented ways.

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